Imagine for a moment that you been taken on a journey and transported to an unfamiliar place. I use the terms taken and unfamiliar because the voyage was not optional, and the place, while similar to the one you left behind, feels both uncomfortable and foreign. The culture and methods of engagement are different. The mail is electronic, the telephones are mobile, some of the intelligence is deemed artificial. And the communities, no longer defined by geographic boundaries, are built virtually in a place called the Cloud. You observe an escalating and confusing mix of opportunity and chaos that seem to share the same space in time.
Obviously, the world I am referring to is the one we inhabit today, and like it or not, we are all conscripts on a one-way journey that is accelerating into a future unlike anything humankind has ever experienced. The unfamiliar and the uncomfortable are the new normal, disruption fatigue a pervasive side effect of unceasing change.
What has been your response to this altered environment? Are you excited by the promise of the technically advanced landscape and actively pursuing its potential? Do you view the chaos as simply the background hum of opportunity? Or, has the uncertainty that accompanies chaos drawn your gaze, causing you to pullback and hunker down?
Anyone who has traveled to a different region knows the unfamiliar heightens our senses, and the same is true of change. It demands our attention, our imagination, and perhaps most of all, our energy. The embrace of uncertainty inspires and energizes some, it foreshadows the pride and self-confidence that comes from facing a challenge and the chance to persevere. But for others, uncertainty manifests as worry and fear, a response that over time, erodes an individual’s confidence and results in fatigue, frustration and even anger.
Of course, individual perception and perspective will vary depending on age, experience, ability to adapt and culture. But have no doubt, everyone is struggling to figure out how to survive and thrive under ever-changing conditions. It is this struggle to understand and adapt that is at the core of the social, economic and political discord we are seeing within our local communities and worldwide. This is not a surprise; change is often the catalyst for conflict and fear of the misunderstood is the root of aggression.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by all of this, you are not alone. We are all suffering from some level of disruption fatigue, and more often than not, we are left feeling diminished by the negative drone of our newsfeed. But the reality of daily life is different. The majority of people are, at their core, seekers of the positive. They get up every day with the goal to make the world a better place. The majority are pained by what they are seeing but feel their individual efforts have little impact.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Individual effort and actions matter, they matter above all else. Kindness, tolerance, positivity and the grit to persevere in the face of the negative are grassroot change-agents. You, your words and your actions matter at every moment. It is in understanding and embracing the power of individual actions and attitudes that we will begin to turn-back the swelling tide of fear and intolerance. Mahatma Gandhi’s statement, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” is so familiar that the power of its implications is often dismissed. Gandhi understood the power of individual positive action, and he used this force to liberate an entire country.
We are all in this together – All of us. Individual attitude and actions are the elements that build the future. They are the fuel that powers our imaginations and deliver the previously unimaginable. Only one question remains: What kind of world are you building?
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Hey, Rick! Way to go in nailing down precisely the common dilemma we all face in this world of change. I have often remarked how this life is a roller-coaster that, as soon as we start moving out of the embarking station, we are filled with both excitement and fear at what lies ahead. Nevertheless, there’s no getting off at this point until the ride is through, so we might as well enjoy the trip as best we can. As a 65-year-old man I’m a little bit intimidated by all the changes that I can barely keep track of. But your expressions here have given me a renewed enthusiasm to not give up! Thanks. You have a gift with words!!
Thank you, Tom! I sincerely appreciate the positive feedback on the post and my writing. The statement that my words gave you, renewed enthusiasm is the highest complement!
There is no doubt, these are crazy-disrupted times. When Denise and I got married we had, The Adventure Continues… printed on our wedding cake. Leaning on that theme has helped us keep life and business in a proper and positive perspective.
Again, much appreciated.